Classic: Colombia's Caribbean Coast & Lost City (SMCS)
Countries Visited: Colombia Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels/guesthouses (11 nts), eco-huts in the national park (1 nt, multi-share), hammocks in the national park (1 nt).
Wander the old walled city of Cartagena, Sip a cold beverage by the Caribbean Sea, Hike through the lush jungle to the Lost City.
Colombia has a certain kind of magic that you won't find anywhere else in the Caribbean. On this trip, you'll experience it first-hand via visits to rural villages, treks through Tayrona National Park's picturesque trails and (of course), downtime on the beach. Later, head to deep into the jungle to Teyuna - the fabled Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) older than Machu Picchu - a place crowded with history and free of crowds. Colombia is mysterious. Come figure out the riddle.
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|Day 1||Cartagena||Day 1 Cartagena|
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Cartagena||Day 2 Cartagena (1B)|
Enjoy a city tour, visiting the colonial walled city and fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy free time to take in the Caribbean vibe of the city and beach. Additional Notes: Please note hot water is uncommon in the Caribbean region of Colombia. Showers are likely to only have cold water while visiting this area. Included Activities: Cartagena City Tour
|Day 3||Minca||Day 3 Cartagena/Minca (1B)|
Travel to the small town of Minca, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy free time to explore. Additional Notes: Please note that if the group is full, we may be required to use multi-share rooms in Minca due to the small size of this unique hotel. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Taganga||Day 4 Minca/Taganga (1B, 1L)|
Journey into the hills around Minca and hike to a beautiful waterfall. Take a tour of a coffee farm, learn about chocolate preparation and indulge in a local lunch. Continue to Taganga, a perfect base for exploring nearby Tayrona National Park. Included Activities: Minca Excursion Transport: Head downhill in a 4x4 on a jungle road, take in the scenery and hold on tight, it can be a bumpy ride. Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
|Day 5||Taganga||Day 5 Taganga (1B)|
Spend the day exploring Taganga. Opt for more active options like snorkelling or hiking or hit one of the beaches and relax in a hammock.
|Day 6||Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona||Day 6 Taganga/Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Head into Tayrona National Park for a moderate hike with a local guide. This is a perfect opportunity to experience nature and learn a little more about the rich, natural diversity of northern Colombia. Stay in a lodge close to the park. Additional Notes: Please note that Tayrona National Park is usually closed during the month of February. The indigenous groups in the area believe that mother nature needs a month of rest, and maintenance to the park is done during this time. If your trip falls in February, you will visit Taironaka Park, to learn more about the local Kogi people and their cultural practices. Included Activities: Tayrona National Park Excursion Transport: Hiking (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 7||Santa Marta||Day 7 Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona/Santa Marta (1B)|
Return to Santa Marta for an optional evening out on the town. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 8||Santa Marta||Day 8 Santa Marta (1B)|
Use the day to soak up some sun or make any last minute purchases before starting the big trek.
|Day 9||Adan Camp||Day 9 Santa Marta/Adan Camp (1L, 1D)|
Transfer to Machete Pelao, where the trek to the Lost City of Teyuna begins. Trek for 4-5 hrs each day through farmland, steamy jungle, and rural Kogi communities. Get a glimpse into the local way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 1 Transport: 4x4
|Day 10||Wiwa Camp||Day 10 Adan Camp/ Wiwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
The route starts along the Buritaca River, taking you further into the vivid green jungle past small villages en route to the camp for the evening. After a long day of trekking, enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the natural swimming pools. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 2
|Day 11||Teyuna Paraiso Camp||Day 11 Wiwa Camp /Teyuna Paraiso Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Continue trekking along the route to the Ciudad Perdida. Today is a tough portion of the trek with a lot of steep inclines, make sure to rest and take in the beautiful views. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 3
|Day 12||Wiwa Camp||Day 12 Teyuna Paraiso Camp/ Wiwa Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Get started early to climb the 1,200 steps up to the Lost City. The view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains makes it well worth the hike. Explore the Lost City and learn what is known of its origins from the indigenous guide, before making the descent back to Wiwa Camp for the night. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 4
|Day 13||Santa Marta||Day 13 Wiwa Camp /Santa Marta (1B, 1L)|
In the morning, take in your last views of the jungle as you trek back to Machete Pelao. Transfer to Santa Marta where the rest of the day is yours to relax. Included Activities: Lost City Trek Day 5 Transport: 4x4
|Day 14||Santa Marta||Day 14 Santa Marta (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.